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A Season of Harvest

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My life seasons can be separated into groups of eight. Roughly. For eight years I taught in public elementary schools. The following eight years I directed children’s music at our church. The eight years after that, I had a home-based scrap-booking/stamping business.

Looking back, I can see how all of the opportunities were God-led and blessed. Each taught me different aspects of life and they built upon each other to prepare me for the next step. It’s so cool how God does that!

For instance, I taught for 8 years. During that time I also performed in numerous church and civic cantatas, plays, and musicals. I directed 3 full adult musicals and choreographed Oklahoma! too. So when I took on the children’s music at a church, I could easily see how God had woven those threads together to prepare me for the task that lay ahead.

The scrap-booking business gave me a glimpse into marketing. I got my feet wet with blogging and built up several websites, personal and charitable, during that time. I’m no expert, but being able to do a little html here and there, as well as learning social media as it began to grow has helped me with my new writing career.

And now I’m again leading a children’s choir – and full of enthusiastic delight about the whole thing. I know God placed me right here, at just this time, because He needed me here, though the move itself was a tooth to be pulled. He knew that our new home church was exactly what (and when) we needed! How lovely to be used by Him and to be able to see my part in His plan!

So I’m starting a new season this weekend. I’m excited at what He will do next. I’m also in the midst of my new career in writing and get to meet other writers and publishing professionals next week! So excited about that! This season of Harvest has challenges, though.

A harvest demands hard work for the all of the opportunities offered. Tweet this!

It requires strategy of time-management and energy saving and usage. And it begs a thankful heart when the blessings are realized.

Your turn: Are you in a harvest season, full of opportunities, decisions, and hard work? Can you look back and see how God has led you to this place?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “A Season of Harvest

  1. Marji, it’s nice to read about how others have had their ‘seasons.’ I have gone through many, as well. Starting out in clerical work for a few years, then 30+ years in the travel industry (I still have a home-based travel agency), and now working full time for two years in the Genealogy Dept. of a local library. I have been writing for years but have just seriously pursued it within the past year or so.

    At my age, it seems strange to start a whole new career. Yet with my son now out of college and settled in his own career and with a husband who is on the road with his job a great deal, I find God leading me on this journey. I just pray for guidance on where He will lead me and that I will have the wisdom to follow His promptings.

    Thank you for sharing your journey relating to these ‘seasons.’

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    • And thank you so much for sharing yours, Carole! I keep being amazed at how God is working. And when we can step back and view things through that broader lens, it’s easy to see His hand, isn’t it! Thanks for stopping by!

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